CleoPhas Malala Secretsry General UDA Party from a past media breafing. Photo Credits : Citizendigital

Kenya’s ruling Party, UDA has decided to delay its grassroots elections to April next year. This announcement came from Cleophas Malala, the party’s Secretary-General, after a council meeting chaired by President William Ruto on November 18,2023. Although no specific reasons for the delay were provided, the originally planned December 9 elections will now be held on different dates in April 2024. 

The party’s choice to postpone the elections to April next year stems from internal conflicts. Some segment of members within the party were in favor of holding the elections in December, while others lobbied for a delay until the next year. Supporters of president William Ruto, the party’s leader, were pushing for a December election with the aim of replacing the current interim officials, whom they accused of mismanagement. However, a different faction successfully advocated for the delay, resulting in an extension of the current officials’ terms. These upcoming UDA grassroots polls will mark the first elections of this kind since the General Election.

The former  Senator  0f Kakamega county has urged party members interested in leadership positions to finalize their registrations before the deadline on March 22, 2024. He also disclosed that the elections will be organized into three clusters, set to take place on April 12th, 19th, and 26th, 2024. More specific information, such as the designated county clusters, will be communicated at a later date.

By Joseline Akaliche

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